An Indian Road Trip: 2000km through Rajasthan
An Indian road trip is worthy of its own blog.
Our route took us about 2000km from Delhi to Agra to Jaipur to Pushkar to Udaipur to Ranakour to Jodhpur to Mandawa and back to Delhi. We passed through the States of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, but most of the trip was through Rajasthan.(The map shows 1762km, but I couldn't put some of the towns that we went to that were off the main roads, in the map, so all up it was about 2000km)
Driving in India is not for the faint hearted. So we hired a car and driver rather than take on the challenge myself. Mahendra and his Toyota Etios car proved to be a good choice.
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During our 10 days; we saw most everything imaginable, and a lot that was not imaginable.
Dangerous driving; with vehicles driving on the wrong side of the road, unsafe overtaking by buses and trucks, overloaded cars buses trucks and tuktuks were everywhere.
We competed on the road with bicycles, motorbikes, donkey carts and camel carts, horse carts, funeral processions, wedding processions, pedestrians, goats, monkeys and elephants. We drove on motorways, highways, country roads with huge potholes, unsealed and dusty roads, and down the narrowest of city streets. Yet among this functional chaos we only saw one minor accident where two cars scraped sides.
Mahendra took it all in his stride; always cautious while sometimes following only a metre behind a bus or truck looking to overtake safely, and swerving to avoid a cow, pothole or a wayward pedestrian. I’d be uncomfortable anywhere else these conditions, but I felt quite relaxed about it all with Mahendra behind the wheel of his Toyota.
In India, the normal speed limit is 40km/hr for trucks. 60km/hr for buses and 80km/hr for cars.
On some motorways the car speed limit is 100km/hr. One rather disconcerting thing, is that trucks and buses usually travel in what we call the overtaking lane. So its quite normal in India for a car to undertake, rather than overtake.
The cows are quite amazing; they will lie quietly beside the median strip on a 4 lane highway, wander all over the road, and will never be bothered by anything.
So here is a photo collection of the most amazing sights during 2000km on incredible Indian roads.
Day 1: New Delhi (Gurguram) to Agra
Day 2: Agra to Jaipur
Day 3: Jaipur
Day 4 Jaipur to Udaipur
Day 5 Udaipur
Day 6, Udaipur to Jodhpur via Ranakpur
Day 7 Jodhpur
Day 8 Jodhpur to Mandawa
Day 9 Mandawa to Gurguram (Delhi)
Best shop signs on the road: